Smart City IoT Deployment

SAPHI is the smart city IoT deployment team of the City of Newcastle. The City of Newcastle secured SAPHI to consult, architect, design, develop, deploy and manage the IoT systems required to supply the data they need to become a leading smart city.

Smart City IoT

Who Was The Client?

City of Newcastle is a local government authority in NSW, Australia. Council employees over 900 staff helping residents and visitors live, work and play in Newcastle. Newcastle has six beaches, two ocean baths, five inland pools, 630km of footpaths, 350 parks and fields, 118 playgrounds, 634 buildings and structures, 798.5km of roads and plenty more. Council also manages Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum, Civic Theatre and nine branch libraries.

What Was The Problem?

As an ambitious, innovative city, the City of Newcastle had a long list of objectives they sought to achieve through a connected network of assets collecting insights. The Smart Cities team had the vision but required a tech agnostic integrator that could provide the expertise needed to deploy and manage the network.

What Was The Solution?

The engineering team at SAPHI began the engagement by consulting with the innovation team to architect the overall deployment and analyse the market for the highest performing technologies to achieve their short, medium and long-term goals. Once determined, our team procured, configured, deployed and integrated the assets into the City of Newcastle’s systems. We have also supplied a comprehensive support package to ensure these assets are managed and upgraded long-term to continue providing value to the city.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • Hundreds of thousands saved on smart city IoT devices (through validation and elimination of poor-performing assets)
  • Significant increase in high-quality data for better infrastructure decision making
  • Improved system reliability
  • A scalable smart city network
  • Improved data-based reporting

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech and experience required for the smart city IoT deployment included a broad range of skills from our team of computer, electrical and software engineers, including:

  • Embedded microcontroller development
  • Encrypted communication development
  • Solar & battery power integration
  • Low power device analysis
  • Custom PCB design & implementation

What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI provides customised packages to support the full system development life cycle and implementation of upgrades to support the evolving needs of our clients and their customers.


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